Nebraska Academy of Sciences


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1991. Transactions of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences, XVIII: 45-52. Copyright © 1991 Steinauer.


In January of 1988 the Nebraska Natural Heritage Program initiated a systematic natural-areas inventory of Pawnee County, Nebraska, the first of its kind in the state. The inventory had two primary objectives: 1) to test the effectiveness of methods for conducting county-based natural area inventories, developed in other Midwestern states, in the eastern Nebraska landscape, and 2) to locate, classify, and evaluate natural areas of statewide and national significance in Pawnee County. Color infrared photo analysis, aerial reconnaissance, and ground surveys were used to identity, classify, and evaluate natural areas. Though Pawnee County proved to be a difficult county for an initial inventory, the methods used were effective in identifying natural areas in an eastern Nebraska landscape. [This is the final report from the survey, dated December 19, 1990-Editor.]

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